Festival Supreme took over the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday with a stacked lineup of musical comedy, curated by none other than Tenacious D—and Jack Black’s hand was everywhere, from his cameo on the Gregory Brothers’ “Double Rainbow” to his own headlining set with the D. The pier clearly wasn’t the best location for a sold out festival, or as one disgruntled attendee put it: #LineSupreme. At its worst, the grind along the narrow, congested path to the restrooms and the undersized stand-up tent was a nightmare for claustrophobes and fire marshals alike, in particular for the quickly closed-out set from Patton Oswalt.
Logistical headaches aside, there was something for everyone, from blockbuster stars Adam Sandler and Zach Galifianakis to fan-favorite reunions from the Mighty Boosh and Mr. Show. The music-heavy and inside joke-filled performances didn’t always live up to their comic potential on paper, but Festival Supreme delivered some simply sublime moments. Eric Idle reached back to his charmingly crude Monty Python classics, only after surname soundalike Billy Idol confusedly walked on stage with a few lines from Python’s “The Lumberjack Song.” Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s coarse hate for cats sparked a few words from Conan O’Brien and a “no insults” dance party with Megan Mullally, Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts and Jack Black. And finally, Tenacious D's greatest set in the world was interrupted by a surprise medley from the Lonely Island—we can’t even fathom how future fests will compete.